Bushwick Song Of The Week: Outsider by Mike Votava | inspired by S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders

outsiders-bushwick-song-of-the-weekFor a variety of reasons I didn’t much care much for S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. The sentences were pretty bland (I’m a words guy) and the story was overly dramatic. But like any good Bushwick artist, I stuck with the dumb book to the stupid end, only with one slight tweak. While reading I imagined the Greasers and the Socs as members of rival boy bands, fighting for girls’ hearts while doing whatever it took to get to the top of the charts (now that’s a book!). This was not hard to do, especially since as a kid I had been witness to the movie version of The Outsiders which was jam packed with all my favorite 1980s Tiger Beat Heart Throbs including C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Tom Cruise and The Swayze (R.I.P.). My inspiration for this song came from that boy band premise. So I threw in a few lyrical references to the book and did my best to make a boy bandy-esque song that would make all the teenage girls squeal. And squeal they did (or at least they did in my head).

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Sue’s Little Free Library Update

I asked my awesome Mom, Sue Garvin, to write a little update on how things are going with her Little Free Library since she last wrote. You can read the initial post about it here.

During the crisp fall weather, the park was busy with kids.  For Halloween this year, I made 80 tootsie roll pop ghosts with a little free library ad attached.  It was a good way to get the word around in the neighborhood.  Then, I loaded the library with lots of kids books.  One day, after the Girl Scouts delivered their fundraiser candy, they stopped at the library and picked out some selections.

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